Cloud data management and storage provider Rubrik this week released Rubrik Alta 4.2, a new step forward for its do-it-all data control platform.
Alta 4.2 reinforces Rubrik’s single control plane for the enterprise hybrid cloud, with more detailed support for private cloud, public cloud and traditional data center workloads.
Rubrik’s basic value proposition is that it wants all its customers to forget about the intricacies of IT data storage management so its automated processes can handle all of it. Its scale-out software provides data protection for cloud-native applications that run in AWS, Microsoft Azure or both.
The company’s secondary goal is to make it simpler for every organization to adopt the public cloud and to build an AWS-like, self-service cloud offering of its own. As one might imagine, Rubrik would like to supply that offering; it has a lot of competition in the form of companies like Oracle, Delphix, VMware, NetApp, Dremio and a few others, however.
Among the highlights of Alta 4.2, which was released June 13, are:
- Cloud-native data protection through a single control plane: As enterprises deploy new, cloud-native applications for AI, real-time analytics IoT and other use cases, Rubrik offers Amazon Web Services EC2-native backup and lifecycle management to protect those applications in the cloud. Whether you deploy Rubrik in a data center or on AWS, Rubrik Cloud Data Management can now index, catalog and protect any application running on Amazon EC2.
- New simplicity and manageability for MSPs via Self-Service and Private Cloud: Building on the multi-cloud foundation of prior Alta releases, Rubrik Alta 4.2 integrates with vCloud Director, VMware’s popular platform for creating an elastic private cloud environment. For MSPs and large enterprises with multiple co-hosted tenant users, Rubrik also offers its Envoy service to simplify and accelerate self-service. Envoy represents a service provider’s Rubrik cluster in a tenant network, making it easier for end-users to customize their backup services in a flexible, shared-everything private cloud. This helps every organization--from small MSPs to large, complex IT departments--to provide backup-as-a-service.
- Extending Deeper into the Enterprise Data Center: The hybrid cloud also promises to bridge the gap between long-lived traditional data center applications and the new infrastructure of the future. To this point, Rurik Alta 4.2 protects both IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris within the core product, offering enterprise operations teams the same suite of data management tools that they use for other workloads.
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